Sepulveda Pleased After Day One of ISU Open

Senior Zivile Siksnelyte led Oklahoma State’s women’s track and field team on Friday with a second- place finish in the long jump at the ISU Open.

Siksnelyte, who claimed her third top-three finish in the event this season, jumped a distance of 18-11.25 (5.77-meters), while sophomore Baiba Blumbaha collected a third-place finish with a leap of 18-6.5 (5.65-meters). Barton County’s Aisha Adams claimed top honors with a distance of 19-00 (5.79-meters).

The Cowgirls were also led behind junior thrower Deleanor Kirkpatrick, who finished fifth in the weight throw. The Prairie View, Texas product threw an impressive 55-4.75 (16.88-meters) as she is continuing to battle her strength back after a knee injury suffered in the offseason.

“(Deleanor) Kirkpatrick has really shown improvement,” Cowgirl head coach Rene Sepulveda said. “It is never easy to battle back from a knee injury, but she showed a lot of pride tonight as she came close to reaching her personal record.”

In the 5,000-meter run, the Cowgirls got solid performances from sophomores Maria Trejo and Brittany Hill as they finished sixth and eighth, respectively. Sepulveda was pleased with both runners, including Trejo who inched close to setting a personal record as she finished the race in a time of 18:09.

“I was pleased with the way our girls ran because we haven’t ran on a track in over a week due to the winter storm,” Sepulveda said. “Training this past week has been different because we used the treadmills to practice.”

Also in the 5k, sophomore Meghan Sullivan finished 18th as it was her first time to run the event in her collegiate career.

Oklahoma State then got an eighth-place finish from its distance medley relay team, which consisted of Sullivan (1,200-meter), juniors Stephanie Lovely (800- leg), Kim Blomkvist (one-mile) and sophomore Tihana Sarac (400-leg).

The final day of the classic will conclude Saturday highlighted by junior LaKendra Greathouse and Siksnelyte in the triple jump. Events are schedule to start at 10:25 a.m.



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